Pads Versus Liners; What’s the Difference?


Party In My Pants has many different period protection options available for the discerning menstruator. Mini Liner, Small Pad, Luxe Liner or Large Pad, what is the difference? The easy answer is absorbency! Surface area varies size to size whether it be liner or pad, however, absorbency is the key distinction between the two. All liners are made with one interior layer of absorbent birdseye cotton, while pads have multiple interior layers of birdseye cotton and a richly absorbent fleece, depending on size, for light to extra heavy flows.

Think of the crinkly, little plastic liners from your local drug store, the too-thin, too-narrow liners that are destined for daily discharge, light urinary incontinence or a light flow day and ultimately a landfill somewhere. Now replace that image with a delightfully thin cloth Liner, be it silky soft cotton or a light and fuzzy flannel, snapped into place in your undies and so thin no one will ever know it’s there (including you), offering coverage that will ensure you feel comfortable throughout your day. That same cloth liner can be used, washed and reused time and time again, giving you peace of mind knowing that you’re helping to create a healthier, happier life for yourself and the rest of the planet along the way. 

Now consider the average store-bought pad, it’s a bulky, boring white blob and has that funny chemical smell that you can’t quite place, and it’s going for a ride in your most sensitive areas! The Party In My Pants cloth Pad is the opposite in every way. It is hand sewn by the lovely ladies at our Ashland, WI studio, made with specially chosen materials to ensure the best coverage possible and designed with over 25 years of feedback from menstruators around the world. Each pad is topped with a cotton or flannel layer in creative and amusing designs ranging from prancing puppies to intricately wrought florals, each one specifically chosen to bring a smile to your face each and every time you see it. 

Now that you know the primary differences between the Party In My Pants Pads and Liners, the question is, which one do you choose? If this is your first time delving into the realm of cloth it can be a bit daunting, that’s why we have created our First Liner Free program which allows you to try your first liner free on us! Once you have had a chance to experience the ease, comfort and joy that cloth liners can bring to your life it may be time to start considering the pad(s) that will best fit your heavier flow moments. To help determine which size, check out our Pad Prescription chart which will allow you to make the best decision for your lifestyle and personal inclinations. We look forward to experiencing this cloth journey with you as we all move forward to change lives and help save the world one cloth pad at a time!